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Microscopic description of electronic structure and scattering in disordered antimonide-based heterostructures

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Shaw


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Quantitative theoretical predictions of the carrier lifetimes in a number of imperfect GaxIn1-xSb-InAs superlattices are presented. Strain-dependent empirical pseudopotentials are used to provide a microscopic description of the stationary states in the structures and scattering theory is employed to extract lifetime information. The effect of interface islands is examined, and lifetimes are found to depend upon the detailed size, shape, and composition of the islands. The effect of higher order multiple scattering events is seen to be significant. For isolated isovalent Sb substitutional defects in the InAs layers, a lifetime of ≈0.4 μs is found to be typical. This is shown to be an order of magnitude shorter than in the case of As defects in the alloy layers. © 1999 American Vacuum Society.

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Author(s): Shaw MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures

Year: 1999

Volume: 17

Issue: 5

Pages: 2025-2029

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

ISSN (print): 1071-1023

ISSN (electronic): 2166-2754

Publisher: American Institute of Physics


DOI: 10.1116/1.590865


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